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to the newtown victims, a big step in the other direction. nbc's kelly o'donnell with us from capitol hill where she's been covering all day. kelly, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. what we are talking about is a swing from politically undoable to the surprising number of republicans who signed on with democrats to say it's time to start working on the guns issue even though they deeply disagree. how did that happen? many here say the newtown families made the difference. snapshots of fallen children and teachers of newtown inside the senate. outside the capitol, a 23-hour vigil reading gun victims' names. >> jamie stafford at the age of 31. >> reporter: crosses to remember them on the national mall, and family members here to witness the vote. >> we are standing here because her sister and my mom can't be. their voices need to be heard. >> reporter: under that emotion-fuelled pressure, expectations shifted. >> literally the political landscape of america on gun safety is changing before our eyes. >> the motion is agreed to. >> reporter: today, senators took one small but signific
. the president called it a pretty shameful day for washington. nbc's kelly o'donnell with us from capitol hill tonight. kelly, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. the mood inside the senate chamber, which was packed, was intense with emotion as gun victims, survivors and many of the newtown families watched senators they had personally met with vote down expanded background checks. tonight, the president gave the rose garden microphone over to a newtown dad, mark barden. >> we'll return home now, disappointed but not defeated. >> reporter: the president, clearly angry -- >> the gun lobby and its allies willfully lied about the bill. >> reporter: -- lashed out at congress. >> this was a pretty shameful day for washington. this effort is not over. i want to make it clear to the american people. we can still bring about meaningful changes that reduce gun violence so long as the american people don't give up on it. >> reporter: from the steps of air force one last week to the u.s. capitol again today, newtown families who know the pain of gun violence had been unwilling to give up. >>
background checks. nbc's kelly o'donnell is in washington with details on that. kelly, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, lester. i spoke with maine republican senator susan collins today, who said she had not told anyone abt her plan to vote yet, until our conversation. collins is up for re-election next year from a state that had among the highest rates of gun ownership. she he key factor for her, this bill does not require ound che indidls sales or atth nrn, toomey. she sshwa deeply moved meeting with newtownamilie and has photos they gave her on her desk. collins was with them while she was supposed to be dining with the president wednesday. she told the president she was embarrassed to be almost an hour late. he said, good call. lester? >> kelly o'donnell, thank you. >>> story developing now at the u.s. military detention facility at guantanamo bay, cuba. nbc's michael isikoff reports that guards raided the largest camp at guantanamo early this morning, and fired nonlethal shots as they tried to end a growing protest. military officials say the raid was ordered after deta
be shifting some. kelly o'donnell covering it all from the hill for us tonight. kelly, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. there is internal pressure bubbling up among republicans that could mean a vote on new gun restrictions could come as early as thursday. the president is working the phones looking for support. the familieshere today were looking lawmakers in the eye with a direct appeal. a movement and a deeply personal cause. one senate office at a time. today eight newtown families put their grief into action, avoiding most of the media. >> no comment right now. thank you. >> reporter: while embracing help from their home state senators on how to essentially lobby lawmakers. >> i think the gun industry was celebrating prematurely last week. >> reporter: in a provocative move more than a dozen republicans are threatening to use senate rules to block a vote on new gun restrictions, adding an extra urgency to the newtown family visit. >> they are aghast that a small group of entrenched opposition could stop democracy. that is outrageous. >> reporter: sensing public d
for. nbc news capitol hill correspondent kelly o'donnell reports. >> reporter: snapshots of fallen children and students of newtown inside the gnat senate. outside the capitol a 23 hour vigil reading gun victims' names. >> jamie stafford at the age of 31. >> reporter: crosses to remember them on the national mall and family members here to witness the vote. >> we are standing here because her sister and my mom can't be. and their voices need to be heard. >> reporter: under that emotion-fueled pressure, expectations shifted. >> literally the political landscape of america on gun safety is changing before our eyes. >> the motion is agreed to. >> reporter: senators took one small but significant step, opening what will likely be weeks of heated debate over gun laws and violence in our culture. 16 republicans voted to begin that contentious negotiation. >> it goes way beyond guns. and that's why we need to have the debate. >> reporter: to red state democrats up for re-election next year including alaska's mark begich. voted against taking up a guns bill. >> i vote what's important for
. of them, ofand one the six yeses, the only optimism, kelly o'donnell. you told our producer you thought it was a soft yes. crazych i know makes you because you don't like squishy answers so it might be less than soft yes for the reasons i just mentioned, things that were unexpected have enormity of the problem is recognized so i think there is such a frustration with for getting nothing they begin to do things and get positive moreormat, it gives them courage. chris: we have a trillion dollar deficit projection this year. this is in a recovery period. enough of the pondering. on gun debate's been going if are so long in this country that norman lear used it in 1972 this episode of "all in the family" where archie and rob reiner, are watching a station editorial where the news director talks. only by enforcing even tougher gun laws can the tide of and death be halted. guns must go before more of them off. >> he's a fairy! like all them gun control guys! i'm for gun control. >> tell it to her, maybe she'll get the marriage annulled. >> daddy! what do guns have to do with maleness? >> what
done after a bill to expand background checks on firearm sales failed in the senate. nbc's kelly o'donnell reports for us in washington. >> reporter: the president gave the rose garden microphone over to a newtown dad. mark barton. >> we'll return home now, disappointed but not defeated. >> reporter: the president clearly angry. >> the gun lobby and its allied willfully lied about the bill. >> reporter: lashed out at congress. >> this was a pretty shameful day for washington. but this effort is not over. i want to make it clear to the american people. we can still bring about meaningful changes that reduce gun violence so long as the people don't give up. >> reporter: from the steps of air force one last week to the u.s. capitol newtown families who know the pain of gun violence had been unwilling to give up. >> our hearts are broken. our spirit is not. >> reporter: gabby giffords who personally lobbied senators called the failure to pass expanded background checks unthinkable, but being heard or consoled was not enough for patricia, tucson shooting survivor who shouted at senators -- sham
in the senate. kelly o'donnell has the latest from washington. >> reporter: the president gave the rose garden microphone over to a newtown dad, mark barden. >> we'll return home now. disappointed but not defeated. >> reporter: the president, clearly angry. >> the gun lobby and its allies willfully lied about the bill. >> reporter: lashed out at congress. >> this is a pretty shameful day for washington. this effort is not over. i want to make clear to the american people, we can bring about meaningful changes to reduce gun violence, so long as the american people don't give up on it. >> reporter: from the steps of air force one to the u.s. capitol, newtown families had been unwilling to give up. >> our hearts are broken. our spirit is not. >> reporter: gabby giffords who personally lobbied senators, call the failure to pass expanded background checks unthinkable. but the consoling of a survivor, who shouted at senators. shame on you. >> order in the senate. >> they have no soul. they have no compassion. >> reporter: some newtown families had held more private meeti meetings. mark kirk's staff
capitol hill correspondent kelly o'donnell has that story. snapshots of fallen children and teachers of newtown inside the senate. outside the capitol, a 23-hour vigil reading gun victims' names. >> jamie stafford at the age of 31. >> reporter: crosses to remember them on the national mall and family members here to witness the vote. >> we are standing here because her sister and my mom can't be and their voices need to be heard. >> reporter: under that emotion-fueled pressure, expectations shifted. >> literally the political landscape of america on gun safety is changing before our eyes. >> the motion is agreed to. >> reporter: senatored took one small but significant step, opening up what will be weeks of heated debate over gun laws and violence in our culture. 16 republicans voted to begin that contentious negotiation. >> it goes way beyond guns, and that's why we need to have the debate. >> reporter: two red state democrats up for re-election, including mark begich voted against. >> i vote what's important for alaska. it's not a party decision. it's not a conservative versus libe
. >> let's head across town to capitol hill where kelly o'donnell is following political reactions to the investigation. kelly, we do understand that all senators will have the opportunity to be briefed about boston tomorrow. what can you tell us about that angle? >> they have this meeting already scheduled. they do it periodically where they give senators insights on classified material from the administration. and so this is an opportunity now to focus it on boston. we're hearing from a number of senators we talked to in the hallways and so forth who say they are getting a good level of informing coming from the fbi and obama administration at this point. there are things we are learning in classified settings they can't talk about publicly yet. but there has been some dispute today about whether or not the fbi had been contacted by russian authority more than once. there may be some terminology that is confusing that or perhaps there's other reporting. but in talking with dianne feinstein, chairman of the senate intelligence committee and has perhaps the greatest access to infor
for the huffing post sam stein and nbc washington correspondent kelly o'donnell. >> i hope i'm on tomorrow morning because this is something to talk about. >> it's going to be hard to explain in the next primary. the gun showdown is beginning in earnest now. the senate will consider whether or not to debate and a threat to filibuster the bill by a group of conservatives is losing stream. several republicans and democrats are knocking down the idea saying the measure deserves an up and down vote one way or another. that was the message being pushed by lawmakers yesterday by relatives of some of those who lost children in the newtown shooting and it was repeated again by vice president joe biden at the white house yesterday. >> now it's time for every man and woman in the senate to stand up and say, yea or nay, i'm for or i'm against. the tragedy that traumatized the nation and caught the attention of the entire world and the thinking and debate with the overwhelming majority of the american people and thinking the proposal the president put forward made absolute sense. the climax of this tragedy co
congress to vote. we just got new information in. kelly o'donnell is reporting that harry reid has told reporters he will take the necessary steps tonight to move forward on gun legislation if the bipartisan talks between joe manchin and pat toomey and others do not result in an agreement. according to kelly o'donnell, this would set up a vote on thursday based on the required running of the clock, according to senate rules. so if talks right now underway, bipartisan talks regarding an expanded background check for those who would like to purchase a weapon. if those talks break down between joe manchin of west virginia and pat toomey, republican, from pennsylvania, as well as a few others who are dealing with this, then harry reid is ready to move forward tonight and we could see a vote on thursday. based on the required running of the clock, the senate rules according to kelly o'donnell. also on the agenda. president obama will unveil his long awaited budget tomorrow. it has already seen some pushback from liberal lawmakers on the hill, according vermont senator bernie sanders who is p
. brian? >> kelly o'donnell starting off with this apparent change on capitol hill, kelly, thanks. >>> first lady michelle obama today addressed gun violence in her hometown of chicago. late today, she visited harper high school, known in chicago for a sad distinction, over just the past year, 29 current or former students at harper high have been shot, eight of them killed. earlier in an emotional and highly personal speech, the first lady talked about hadiya pendleton, the 15-year-old drill team member who performed at the president's second inaugural but was shot and killed back home in chicago. the first lady talked about life and opportunity and some cruel similarities. >> as i visited with the pendleton family at hadiya's funeral i couldn't get over how familiar they felt to me because what i realized was hadiya's family was just like my family. hadiya pendleton was me, and i was her. but i got to grow up and go to princeton and harvard law school, and have a career and a family, and the most blessed life i could ever imagine and hadiya, oh, we know that story. just a week a
kelly o'donnell reporting the gang of eight senators' new bill has been filed. the bill would create a path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented individuals currently living in the u.s. >>> former south carolina governor mark sanford is being accused of trespassing at the home of his ex-wife. he's ordered to appear at a hearing next month two days after a special congressional election. sanford is trying to revive his political career after it was derailed by an extramarital affair that ended his marriage. >>> and new zealand has become the 13th country in the world and the first in the asia-pacific region to legalize same-sex marriage. hundreds of gay rights advocates celebrated the 77-55 vote last night outside of parliament there. >>> the heightened state of alert after the twin bombings in boston stretches overseas today. a massive security operation is under way on the streets of london. the city is saying a final formal farewell to margaret thatcher. annabel has the details. how is the procession going so far today? >> reporter: good morning, richard. the ceremony has
are a deal breaker for me. >> joining me from capitol hill, kelly o'donnell. we've set it up there. what are you hearing now this morning from the hill? pathway so citizenship. is that the toughest sell? >> it is one of the hardest because of what senator lee was hinting at there. this concern about giving what is perceived to be an enormous benefit before there is an assurance about border security. that's something they are trying to work out. the process would be very long if you are an immigrant that's undocumented it could be 10, 13 years before you could arrive at citizenship. there are many steps along the way and supporters of this plan think that is part of the sort of penalty and part of the care that they believe is being put into this compromise plan. it isn't something that happens right away and it requires a fine learning english, other steps they think are somewhat punitive without going too far. that's sort of the rub there. and it seems like we went from do nothing congress to do everything in one week congress so they are all trying to learn about what's in this immigr
o'donnell joins us this morning from our washington bureau. kelly, good morning. >> good morning, erica. >> reporter: tomorrow is critical because we'll receive a make or break procedural. i'm told the senators who wrote that compromise in a conference called saturday to count votes, but aids say this will be tough and it's too close to call. >> they were killed by their -- >> reporter: passions about gun rights turned to protest this weekend. >> we are demanding action on background checks. >> reporter: from those calling for tighter rules on gun sales to gun owners telling congress to stop new restrictions. >> we're here. we're law-abiding citizens, and we're being the ones victimized for this. >> reporter: following the personal and sometimes tearful appeals for expanded background checks made by newtown victims families on capitol hill, the president turned over his weekly address. >> our younger son, ben, age 6 was murdered if his first grade classroom on december 14th exactly four months ago this weekend. >> reporter: so far three blue states have republican senators who wi
in just days. it's where we begin tonight with nbc's kelly o'donnell on capitol hill. kelly good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. what we watched today really involved only one piece of what has been a big, complex debate about guns, and it includes just a few senators, and yet the impact seems so much larger, in part, because of the emotion that helped make it happen. driven by their loss. >> i feel like i carry my daughter's spirit when i go into those meetings. i wanted them to hear me as a mother. i asked them if they could, please, give me something i can tell my son.
headline and nbc news capitol hill correspondent, kelly o'donnell. you just came from meeting with the newtown families after they had been talking to members of the senate. so tell me, what are they saying and what kind of feedback are they getting and what about this filibuster? >> so far, the families have decided no the to speak to reporters just yet. they are here, they're beginning their series of meetings which will happen over three days, to try to personally lobby, if i can use that word, senators to persuade them to act on some kind of gun legislation. so although their advocacy has become more public and they have emerged from the rawest moments of their grief to speak publicly, so far they are not doing that yet. we're told they'll speak as they get more comfortable here on capitol hill. that's understandable. there is is a great deal of concern about the filibuster threat. and senator blumenthal of connecticut said the families told him they are aghast at the possibility that there could be a small group of senators blocking action on this. they are saying they ar
shootings in newtown. there was progress. >> nbc's kelly o'donnell joins us with more of her exclusive interview with the newtown families. >>> plus budget battles, the president's long awaited proposal finally arrives on capitol hill. >> when it comes to deficit reduction, i've already met republicans more than halfway. in the coming days and weeks, i hope republicans will come forward and demonstrate they're really as serious about the deficits and debt as they claim to be. >> he does deserve some credit for incremental entitlement reforms that he has outlined in his budget. i would hope that he would not hold hostage these modest reforms for his demand for bigger tax hikes. >>> plus tensions boil on the korean peninsula. where a north korean mitch test could come at any time. we're live in south korea and china with the latest. >>> and -- the president and first lady bring a bit of memphis soul to the white house. >> i just want everybody to know it is now my second term, so rather than "hail to the chief" we're going with that. ♪ sittin' on the dock of the bay ♪ ♪ watching th
will move forward. the bill has gotten past that 60-vote hurdle and according to our kelly o'donnell, it seemed to be moving quickly past that without much hesitation. we're back with much more after this. y america, even though she doesn't need them, cheryl burke is cha-cha-ing in depend silhouette briefs for charity, to prove that with soft fabric and waistband, the best protection looks, fits, and feels just like underwear. get a free sample and try for yourself. arrival. with hertz gold plus rewards, you skip the counters, the lines, and the paperwork. zap. it's our fastest and easiest way to get you into your car. it's just another way you'll be traveling at the speed of hertz. >>> welcome back. i have some breaking news we need to pass along coming to us out of mime. according to miami-dade fire, nine students from the coral park high school have overdosed, three have been sent to the hospital, four have been treated on the scene. two are still being evaluated. now, the school board is apparently handling the inquiries about the overdose. nine students from the coral park high
to kelly o'donnell nbc news capitol hill correspondent. kelly, as jay carney was speaking we got a update that carl levin also received a suspicious package in his regional office in michigan. this certainly must have capitol hill on high alert, to say the least? >> reporter: what it points to is the level of scrutiny people are giving to anything that looks slightly out of the ordinary, which is what official have told the public to do. you have a senior united states senator putting out an official release, to say at his saginaw, michigan, office the staffer believed the letter appeared suspicious, it was not opened. the protocols set in places for congressionally offices were followed. so levin is making this news public. he said he is grateful for the authorities who are handling this and responding. what it does is that it puts another piece into what has been a complicated day. with two senate office buildings, there have been police activity where we see a suspicious letter, suspicious package being dealt with by authorities here. now, again, that is part of what is a sort of routi
news capitol hill correspondent kelly o'donnell joins us now. where does the investigation now shift? >> reporter: part of what was fascinating about this is the attorney for the man we just saw who was released said there were things in the letters that were sent that did point to him. and she suggested that it might be this other person who has been known to have a feud with kevin who was just released. the issue here is another had his home searched. no charges filed. there was this question of might he have had information known to him through social media and so forth that might have been a possible way to frame the other man. all of this is still being looked at and it is kind of in the realm of the bizarre when you talk about the elvis impersonator and you can see a bit of that in the side burn and tone of voice. you see him profess his devotion to the country and wouldn't do this but his own attorney acknowledged some of what were in the letters sent to the president, mississippi senator roger wicker and a local mississippi judge did reflect some of the comments that he had b
. but it seems as though any progress on the budget issues are stalled, we're going to be talking to kelly o'donnell about it in a bit as well. from the white house perspective, ha does he do now? >> right. it's a good point, andrea, that was one of his most defensive responses in talking about the budget. and you heard him sort of acknowledge that he needs to take a different tack when it comes to dealing with congress. we've seen it in terms of his so-called charm offensive. he's been having lunches and dinners with republicans. you also heard him talk about primaries. and the importance of primaries coming up and sort of wanting to provide some cover for some of the republicans who may be up for re-election. so that they can feel comfortable signing on to a larger budget deal and some of the more contentious issues that they've been talking about. he was quite defensive. one of his quotes, he said americans should take, you suggest that it's my job to get them to behave. talking about members of congress. but that's their job. so certainly defensive. and interestingly enough, the one thing he bro
'm chris matthews and welcome to the show. us today, david ignatius post,"he washington kelly o'donnell with nbc news, nia-malika henderson with "the washington post" and mark mazzetti with "the new york times." it with ours had long winter of washington gridlock so you're seeing checks andls on gun immigration and even if they only last as long as the cherry gunsoms, the bargains on checks and immigration are a boom to the president's hopes legacy.cond term the biggest move this week was toma's gamble, offering cuts social security, the most district bid from either side for a bargain that would create and boost the middle class, a huge achievement. hisade it clear this is second-term priority. here he is after winning in november. i don't presume that because i won an election that everybody suddenly agrees with me on everything. i've got one mandate. i've got a mandate to help class families and families working hard to get into middle class. chris: he did it this week. been watching the ping pong game but he says i'm going to serve, you guys react. bold. >> it's very bold. i heard p
daily fix, is nbc capitol hill correspondent, kelly o'donnell. kelly o, give us the timing. this is the first amendment that will be offered. give us some sense of the timing of it and where this sort of head) >> yes you need a spread sheet or a calculator today to keep things going. what we expect is when the senate is back at 2:00, they may spend part of the afternoon talking about some of the substantive issues within the bill. you'll be seeing senators manchin and toomey whose names are now totally associated with the expanded background checks measure. available on the senate floor to talk to their colleagues, to try to proverbially twist arms. we expect a vote will come wednesday. so what it really falls down to, chris, are a very small number of senators who are considered on the fence. and we know that the majority of democrats are in favor of this, the majority of republicans are not. and there are a few senators who are not yet disclosing which way they will go they're studying it, they're reviewing it, they have different political circumstances as well. that cou
as a war. >> >> up next, nbc david gregory and kelly o'donnell. you're watching "morning joe," brewed by starbucks. [ female announcer ] are you sensitive to dairy? then you'll love lactose-free lactaid® it's 100% real milk that's easy to digest so you can fully enjoy the dairy you love. lactaid®. for 25 years, easy to digest. easy to love. ♪ >>> welcome back to "morning joe" at 26 past of the hour. a beautiful shot of the white house. joining us now from washington, the moderator of "meet the press" david gregory and nbc capitol hill correspondent kelly o'donnell. david, start with you with the latest news about the possible use of chemical weapons in syria. we were talking last block about how historians will look at the u.s. involvement in syria or lack thereof. right now, though, there is this red line that the president referred to in august. has it been crossed? >> well, what is striking about it is that the white house is saying we are not so sure. they want to confirm exactly what is out there and what has been used. the reality is that syria continues to barrel out of con
fineman. kelly o'donnell. first up, remember we were young and many of us were out on the streets and many of us said, don't trust anyone over 30? until this week when we witnessed the support for gay marriage we may not have seen the power of the 20-something. we know they voted for obama in far greater percentages. 32% more likely to go for obama than boomers than the over 65 crowd. maybe you don't know how big the divide is. as recently as the 2000 elections there was no age divide. it's about just how different this new generation coming at us right now from what we saw before. and get this, by the 2020 presidential election, get this, the under and 30 crowd some now still in elementary school will be 40% of the american elect tort. this is an enormous power of people, much more liberal on every issue we argue about on television. ou
. kelly o'donnell reports. many republicans voted in support including a few surprises. we'll dig deep into that. and we'll go live to the white house as the president posthumously aawards the medal of honor to an army chaplain who the catholic church is considering making a saint. it is all coming up next on "news nation." so if you have a flat tire, dead battery, need a tow or lock your keys in the car, geico's emergency roadside assistance is there 24/7. oh dear, i got a flat tire. hmmm. uh... yeah, can you find a take where it's a bit more dramatic on that last line, yeah? yeah i got it right here. someone help me!!! i have a flat tire!!! well it's good... good for me. what do you think? geico. fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent or more on car insurance. all stations come over to mithis is for real this time. step seven point two one two. verify and lock. command is locked. five seconds. three, two, one. standing by for capture. the most innovative software on the planet... dragon is captured. is connecting today's leading companies to places beyond it. siemens. answers
protecting americans' second amendment rights, signed into law. >> kelly o'donnell has been informing it all for us from capitol hill with the details. so before we get to the next step in the process ahead, let's look back on what happened a few hours ago. i know you noted in your report that there were some surprises as it relates to republicans. break it all down for us. >> if you look at what has happened with there issue in just a matter of days, it really is starting when you consider the time clock of capitol hill. it wasn't long ago when there was an expectation that any bill related to this could not move forward because there was even enough opposition among democrats who are up for re-election next year. and now with the involvement of newtown families and others who have survived or had loved ones involved in gun violence, there has been a level of political pressure that has had significant impact. so early today, top aides were telling me, maybe they would get 62 votes. 60 was needed. and that's a big victory. but instead they got six more. that might not sound like a lot. it i
, kelly o'donnell. the only other person other than marco rubio who could do seven sunday shows. >> five used to be the big number, now it's seven. >> let's talk about this. rubio has been this barometer, back and forth on immigration. chuck schumer on "meet the press" a few weeks ago said the deal is done. marco rubio comes out with a statement and says the deal is not done. is the deal now done, now, kelly, that these appearances are a signal that that's what's happening? >> they're certainly a signal that it's happening. that republicans are ready to go. part of this has been some differing personal agenda points for democrats and republicans. some of it had to do with other things that were happening. we've been talking about guns, some of it had to do with needing to get some finer points done and some to the very basic approach of rubio needed to tell his colleagues what's in it. sometimes we forget when there's groups that are working, other senators or lawmakers are not always read in. they need to have an opportunity to sell it to the people who will have to move this forward. a
in jose diaz and times white house correspondent michael scherer. we're just getting word from kelly o'donnell we're close to getting the details of this bill, the wording of it. in the meantime, michael, what kind of battle are you expecting to see in the coming days? >> i think the hardest part of this battle has already been overcome. i mean, there was a search on for months to try to get a republican senator to sign onto these background checks and there's a really question about where the line would be drawn in terms of expanding universal background checks. originally president obama had wanted these background checks to apply also to individual gun sales and transfers, if i just sold my gun to my neighbor, for instance, or, you know, met a guy on the street and bought a gun from him. they would also have had to go to a dealer and do a background check. this deal doesn't include it but it's clearly a win. the white house said from the beginning that they weren't expecting to win a lot this year, that they were trying to start a process that would change the conversation about guns in ame
the votes? >> he told kelly o'donnell this morning he doesn't expect it to have the votes. i've been following this closely and it seems there's no way they can cross 60. at the least, it's going to be extremely close. debate on this has opened for the day. harry reid stood on the floor earlier and said that he will vote for senator dianne feinstein's assault weapons ban. feinstein has been on the floor ticking through the weapons that would be included in that ban, but we've known that ban has not been likely to pass. these guys have been putting everything they have behind it for the last few days. manchin cried at a democratic luncheon, but looks like even that didn't quite work. >> kasie hunt, i know this is a fluid situation. keep us posted. thank you so much. other politics now, we want to get you updated on the gang of eight because they've filed their immigration bill. it is 844 pages long. could be the first major overhaul to immigration since 1986. senator marco rubio called the bill tough, but humane. the fbi investigating a letter sent to senator roger wicker, it has test
by women. our capitol hill correspondent kelly o'donnell caught up with them. >> reporter: new hampshire senator jeanne shaheen knows something about firsts. and we should not run the government this way. >> reporter: she's the first woman to serve as governor and senator from any state. >> i think there has been this history of having women in important places in this state that's made a difference. >> reporter: and now new hampshire is first to send women, and only women, to congress. three democrats, and one republican. >> i had a father come up to me the other day and say, my daughter is so inspired by this. the fact that it's an all-women delegation. >> reporter: and did we mention the current governor? >> good afternoon. >> reporter: she is maggie hanson. while gender was not a campaign issue, women's life experiences, they say, could help get things done. >> if you phrase teenagers and toddlers, you know how to get to yes, so i think we all have experience in our delegation, it's not just that we're women, we're also all mothers. >> reporter: juggling politics and family life, sen
-election who are not expected to support this. savannah? >> kelly o'donnell on the hill, thank you. >>> let's get to chuck todd, good morning, good to see you. >> good morning. >> this is all, it's very uncertain what's going to happen when this finally gets to a vote. this really depends on these red state democrats that kelly was just talking about. >> it does and there's probably going to be around as many as a dozen republicans who could at least be lobbied to potentially vote for it, but i look at this and it might pass. it might not. it's on an ice edge but where does it go from thhere? >> to the house. >> no vote matters unless they get 70 or 75 votes that's when john boehner says i've got enough political cover i can do this with a mix of republicans and democrats and we're never going to get nowhere close to 70 votes in the senate. >> we've seen emotional lobbying from families of the newtown victims? has that been a game changer? a the gun control opponents are keeping quiet, so in that respect it's changed the conversation a little fbit but, they've got a lot of work to do, to ge
from lawmakers this morning following beyonce and jay-z's trip to cuba. kelly o'donnell has the latest. >> reporter: the superstar couple isn't talking even after reuters reports they did have a required license from the treasury department. u.s. officials aren't saying either if beyonce and jay-z were given the authorization to visit cuba. was it really an island getaway for mega stars, or a cultural exchange licensed by the u.s. government? >> it trivializes the serious human rights violations that are still occurring daily. >> reporter: beyonce and jay-z's four day visit was celebrated by the communist government of cuba but has cuban-american lawmakers fuming. >> to have such a high-profile entertainment couple get away with this, go on a vacation, label it as a cultural exchange. >> reporter: monday the obama administration avoided questions. >> decisions made about cultural travel and academic travel are made by the treasury department. >> reporter: american tourists are banned from cuba but there are government approved educational and cultural exchanges. after reports the famou
on that. we round out the block with kelly o'donnell joining us on capitol hill with your take on how this all happened. >> good morning. this is the third day when families from newtown will be having personal meetings with senators and i've been spending time with them and talking with them. i've been struck by how in a way satisfied or accomplished they feel with the steps that are just being taken. you've been talking about is it enough? is it falling short of what people had hoped? i've been struck by how at least some of the family members i talked to know it will be a long fight. they will be back to d.c. again. but feel some sense of having been heard and having moved things by talking to members. another thing that is important to point out is what is included in this piece that is being referred to as the background checks amendment also calls for some tighter restricttions on states to make sure they put into the background check system more of their criminal records, more of their cases where mentally ill have been adjudicated as not being capable of handling a weapon. the
kelly o'donnell. what is going on the hill here? we going to have us a gun debate on capitol hill? >> we certainly are, joe. i got something you get to hear first exclusively on "morning joe." nbc news has obtained a robo call going out today to help the two senators you've been talking about, pat toomey of pennsylvania, joe manchin of west virginia. a republican and democrat at the able here making this bipartisan deal come together on background checks. you talked about the nra's power and what may be coming as a counterbalance on what is going on capitol hill. some of the groups that want to see expanded new gun laws and background checks are putting money in it too. to give you an idea what is like. gabby giffords will be here to personally lobby some of the senators. her husband mark kelly is the voice on this tape and to reach the philly suburbs and reach veterans and male gun owners who live in west virginia as a way to say support them and stand with them if you believe there needs to be something more done. take a listen. this is an exclusively for nbc news. this robo call going
. kelly o'donnell is the capitol hill correspondent and is on the hill for us. good morning to you. >> reporter: by washington standards, this is pretty fast action. after days of anger from air travelers stuck by delays and loud complaints from congress from hotel and tourism industry, furious the economy would be hard hit if gridlock in the skies continued. so the senate came up with a deal last late night that gives the secretary of transportation flexibility to keep the air traffic controllers on the job. there's no extra money in the budget, but instead of the required across-the-board cuts th can prioritize spending and take money from airport improvements to keep controllers working. this is a band-aid fix. the white house had been against giving any agency special treatment hoping congress would roll back all of the spending cuts. so there's been a lot of blame game over the cuts but the move is expected to ease some hassles of flying. >> kelly o'donnell, thank you very much. >>> we are learning more about the civil war raging in syria. how will the obama administration res
signs that support for it is growing, its fate not certain. nbc's capitol hill correspondent kelly o'donnell has the details. >> reporter: good morning, savannah. signs of getting support but i've also learned overnight some confusion among senators who aren't sure about many of the details that are in the bill so they have questions and today the top democrat and republican who crafted this compromise will try to answer those questions. today is about selling it to the undecideds. from sign-carrying protesters for and against new gun laws to heartbroken parents taking the president's place in his weekly national address. >> our younger son, ben, age 6, was murdered in his first grade classroom. >> reporter: political pressure from all sides. maine republican susan collins up for re-election and under attack from gun rights groups. >> susan collins doesn't sound like a mainer or republican. >> reporter: she revealed her decision first to nbc news. she is a rare republican yet. >> we have bipartisan support. >> reporter: pat toomey and joe manchin have top nra ratings and forged the deal on b
career and elizabeth colbert-bush's desire to start one collided in a spirited debate. kelly o'donnell, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. this was already a race to watch. now turn it up a notch. after a debate that delivered surprises and the south carolina crowd turned rowdy. this was a face-off between a political newcomer, a nationally known former governor looking for his comeback, and his nationally known episode of marital infidelity while he was governor. >> this is an important point. >> reporter: a fiery debate monday night at the citadel in charleston, south carolina, marked the first and only meeting of former republican governor mark sanford and democrat elizabeth colbert-bush, locked in a battle to fill a vacant congressional seat. bush is the sister of stephen colbert who helped her raise campaign money. sanford's political career was derailed in 2009 after he disappeared and lied about hiking the appalachian trail when in reality the then married governor was visiting his mistress in argentina. >> i developed a relationship. >> reporter: a scandal that colbert-bu
for more on the gun- control legislation in the senate today, nbc's kelly o'donnell tweets that "senators joe manchin tells me we will not get the votes today. expanded background checks to fail in the senate. try again, he says." you can watch live gavel to cover all coverage on c-span2. the fi warned this morning that an envelope addressed to senator roger wicker will have to undergo more analysis before officials can't confirm whether it contains the poison ricin. the white granular substance tests performed yielded mixed results. u.s. near chicago, the diplomat killed in afghanistan will be laid to rest. she was killed in a bombing with four other americans as they walked from a military base to a nearby school in southern afghanistan. they were on their way to deliver books. she was 25 years old. those are some of the latest headlines on c-span radio. , iover the last four years am a little worried about this administration. that is part of a long-term trend as i outlined in the book. it is using more and more state powers. a worldview i call liberalism, we will go to a definition of
background checks choosing the easy political route. kelly o'donnell has more on president obama's reaction and what's next in the gun debate. >> reporter: surrounding the president in the rose garden, the first words about what comes next belonged to the father of a young boy taken in newtown. >> we will always be here because we have no other choice. we are not going away. >> reporter: gabby giffords says many senators chose powerful gun groups over their constituents. >> the gun lobby and its allies willfully lied about the bill. >> reporter: president obama said the bill did not harm gun rights. >> this legislation met that test. too many senators failed theirs. >> shame on you! >> reporter: more anger erupted when a woman shouted at senators "shame on you." most republicans and four democrats from states with high gun ownership voted against expanding background checks. >> criminals do not submit to background checks now. they will not submit to expanded background checks. >> the way to stop violent crime is to stop violent criminals. >> reporter: later today a bipartisan group of sena
to pass atoday according to one of his cosponsors. kelly o'donnell joins us with the latest details. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, tamron. senator joe manchin says "we will not have the votes today." that's despite his efforts trying to bring over a few red state democrats who can't make the vote and some moderate republicans he had hoped to attract. he will keep working until today's scheduled 4:00 p.m. vote but sources in both parties say they are a handful of votes short to expand background checks to gun shows and on the internet, manchin hopes even if it fails today there will be renewed pressure, maybe some new strategy to make the attempt again. he says it is not over. even if today's vote false short. >> kelly, thank you. >>> american airlines says flight operations should be nearly normal today after a computer glitch tuesday stranded tens of thousands of travelers. american and its sister airline american eagle grounded flights nationwide because of what the airline called a technical outage with its reservation and booking tool. >>> an independent task force on post
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